Westword Music Showcase 2006

Be there or be square!

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?The Rolling Stones' Sticky Fingers has had the biggest impact on me. I think it's different for everybody in the band, but that is the one we can come closest to agreeing on.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?There have been a lot of artists that have had a large impact on us. Just to name a few: the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Who, the Doors, Joe Walsh, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, the Sex Pistols, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Iron Maiden, the Jam, the Clash, the Animals, the James Gang, Cream, the Bluesbreakers, Alvin Lee and Ten Years After, Steppenwolf, John Lee Hooker, and George Thorogood and the Destroyers.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?I think it's both.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?We are against iPods. We listen to music on vinyl; that's the only way it actually sounds right.

MACHINEGUN SYMPHONY
NOMINATED IN GOTHIC/INDUSTRIAL

MANE ROK
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- MC
5 P.M., VINYL ROOFTOP

Website:www.myspace.com/manerok; www.myspace. com/maneline; www.myspace.com/lifecrew

Personnel:Just me, myself and I...ohh, ohh, ohh...and on the beats, InkLine, Yonnas, Deca and Ichiban.

Native or transplant?I've been one of D-town's finest since birth! Swansea, raise up! Park Hill, raise up! Garfield Park, raise up!

Releases/discography:Ideal Ideologies (1999); LIFE Crew compilation (2005); Top of the Line Bottom Feeder (with Deca, 2004); and coming summer of 2006, ManeLine.

Describe your music in a sentence:It's a sweaty threesome with melody, harmony and myself, using my mouth to the best of its abilities while the beats bang the walls!

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?Hmm...good ol' Denver. I think it's possible, but being between a rock and a hard place always sucks when going uphill.

What's your idea of "making it"?Touring, selling, and having a PR person handle all these types of things.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Deca, the Pirate Signal, Ichiban, Paahs, Debajo Del Agua, Five Style Fist, WhyGee, Crunk Bros., Radio Bums and Funkiphino -- their vocalist excites me! Hehehe! Well, at least last year...

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Resurrection, by the artist formerly known as Common Sense; Do You Want More? by the Roots; Here Come the Lords, by Lords of the Underground; and Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde, by the Pharcyde.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Those same mentioned, but more so the past, present and future artist I work with, as no one can teach me or has taught me more.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?Both. It's e-crack, I tell you. But as you can see from above, I'm addicted, as well.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now? My CD collection of over 300 CDs and hella beats, with other stuff I've jacked from other people's computers.

MATSON JONES
NOMINATED IN AVANT-GARDE/ECLECTIC

Website: www.matsonjones.net

Personnel:Martina Grbac, Anna Mascorella, Matt Regan, Ross Harada.

Native or transplant?We live in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Releases/discography:Matson Jones (Sympathy Records); The Albatross Mates for Life, but Only After a Courtship That Lasts Up to Four Years (Sympathy Records); A Little Bit Of Arson(7-inch, Sympathy Records); Alright, This Time Just the Girls Volume 2 (compilation, Sympathy Records); Rough Trade: Counter Culture 2005 (compilation, V2 Records).

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Monofog, Munly & Lee Lewis Harlots.

MEESE
NOMINATED IN POP
5 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.meesemusic.com

Personnel:Patrick Meese, Nathan Meese, Mike Ayars, David Vanderhamm, Ben Haley.

Native or transplant?One native (Ayars), four transplants, each with a Colorado driver's license.

Releases/discography:The Oh No EP (2005); Our Album Year (2006).

Describe your music in a sentence:It sounds like a dump truck driving through a nitroglycerin plant...mixed with Rufus.

Do you think you can make it out of Denver?Yes, we hope to start branching out this next year, all the way to Fort Collins, baby!

What's your idea of "making it"?Having loving fans, great shows, and enough support to play music for a living.

What local artist(s) are you most excited about?The Photo Atlas, Born in the Flood and Josh Novak.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Radiohead, OK Computer and Amnesiac; Postal Service, Give Up.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Rós and Death Cab for Cutie.

Myspace: godsend or the devil?Godsend if you're in a band, devil if you're 35, bald and lonely.

Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?A band called Phoenix and NPR podcasts.

THE MERCURY PROJECT
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL

Website: www.themercuryproject.com

Personnel:Jason Duffy (vocals, guitar, keys); C. Vincent Plummer (vocals, guitar, percussion); Andy Bercaw (bass); Brandon Briese (DJ); Michael Bailey (sax); John-John Gardner (percussion); Michael Smith (drums).

Native or transplant?Native.

Releases/discography:Soapbox Jive (2004); A World Exists (2002).

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